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Called to Recall

Recently, I met a young man named Ricardo. While chatting with the dark-eyed teenager, I made reference to Ricky Ricardo. Teenage Ricardo made little response and his blank stare sent a small warning that I may have offended him by comparing him to someone so old. Wanting him to understand the charm of this star… Continue reading Called to Recall

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I Can’t Smile Without You: A Love Song for My Wrinkles

“No way! You’re fifty?” the college coed working behind the counter at Sephora was practically yelling. Surely, this girl must have been a cheerleader at some point in her life, because her voice boomed off the glass counter tops and against the white walls reverberating her statement to the whole store. “You don’t even look… Continue reading I Can’t Smile Without You: A Love Song for My Wrinkles

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What Lies Beneath

I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to be today’s contributing author at Deeper Waters, an online sisterhood where healing words meet kindred souls. Today’s devotional is part of a series through the Book of Joshua. Day 7 Scripture Reading: Joshua 7 Key Verse: โ€œIt is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of… Continue reading What Lies Beneath

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5 Feet from the Toilet

Each Wednesday night, my husband leads a Lifegroup in our home. It’s a time where we gather with a few other people to discus Scripture, share what’s happening in our lives, and pray for one another.  Last Wednesday night my husband concluded with this challenge, “This week I want you to list five things each… Continue reading 5 Feet from the Toilet

Grief · spiritual growth

Confessions of a Flawed Mommy

I have a confession to make: I was a flawed Mommy. There is probably a litany of stories to prove it, but I saw something online today, and it prompted the memory of two specific events that occurred during my flawed Mommy years. The incidents I am about to share took place over the course… Continue reading Confessions of a Flawed Mommy

Grief · spiritual growth

Give Me the Strange Life: Johnny’s Legacy

On the first day of October the world lost some of its beauty when 23-year-old Johnny Strange died in a wingsuit accident. The young man had been climbing and jumping his entire life. He holds the world record as the youngest person to have ever climbed all Seven of the World’s Summits. I never met… Continue reading Give Me the Strange Life: Johnny’s Legacy

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I Beg Your Pardon, I Never Promised You a Pumpkin Garden

God didn’t promise that that your child’s self esteem would be high, or your interest rates low. He didn’t promise that your Mother-in-Law would be kind, that your neighbors would be friendly, or that you would conceive a child.

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What Your Waiter Isn’t Telling You

Imagine a large family getting ready to attend church on a Sunday morning. This isnโ€™t your family, and itโ€™s not mine either. This is the most unusual tribe youโ€™ve ever met. There are a dozen sisters and just as many brothers, and they share a tiny home. To fully appreciate the chaos in the home… Continue reading What Your Waiter Isn’t Telling You

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Grandparent: The Verb I Am

My first grandchild, my granddaughter Isla (pronounced “eye-Luh”…as in Island), turns TWO today. As we prepared to celebrate her little life at a Minnie Mouse themed birthday bash, I got to thinking about the things I would be willing to do for her. I got to thinking about the effect grand-parenting has on those of… Continue reading Grandparent: The Verb I Am

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Why I am Thankful for my Failure

Today is the final day of a fundraising campaign that didn’t reach its goal, and we are thrilled about it failing. There are a couple of reasons the failure  brings us pleasure. First, it is a reminder that God has called us to walk by faith in all things. The phrase, “One Step at a… Continue reading Why I am Thankful for my Failure